Join Us for the Smeck Farm Harvest Fair

We’re please to announce our newest community event: the Smeck Farm Harvest Fair. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 7, as we celebrate our agricultural, natural and cultural heritage.

The Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club will be exhibiting and demonstrating historic farming equipment and processes throughout the day. Visitors will be able to take in historical demonstrations on blacksmithing, milling, lathing, spinning and basket weaving, as well as kid-friendly activities provided by the Wahkeena Nature Preserve and the Friends of Ohio Barns. The park will also host William McKinley Camp 21 Sons of Union Veterans, who will be firing the Sherman cannon at 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm. The Fairfield Herb Society, Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat and Green Machine Gardens will be on hand with gardening and nature exhibits. Second Wind Bluegrass Band will be providing music with concessions supplied by Bob’s Brats and Burgers.

Looking forward to seeing you on the farm this September!

Smeck Farm Harvest Fair

Skull Identification Workshop at Wahkeena

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Calling all skull sleuths! Join the naturalists at the Wahkeena Nature Preserve for an interactive educational workshop on identifying the skulls of Ohio’s vertebrates, including a few extinct Ice Age species. This interactive workshop will include:

  • Tips on how to identify and interpret different skills
  • Hands-on practice session identifying skulls using dental charts
  • Field session to put your knowledge to the test by seeking out specimens for identification

This program is ideal for participants aged 17 and up and is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required by calling the nature preserve at (800) 297-1883.


Get to Know Ohio’s Ferns

There are over 30 different types of ferns at Wahkeena Nature Preserve. Meet them all at Wahkeena Nature Preserve’s upcoming guided nature hikes focusing specifically on ferns. They are often-overlooked inhabitants of the forest, but they are an ancient species, having evolved before seed-producing plants. Take a leisurely stroll with one of Wahkeena’s experienced naturalists and learn how to identify different types of ferns and other topics of natural history.

What: Focus on Ferns Nature Hike
Where: Wahkeena Nature Preserve
When: June 1 and 22 and July 13, 1:00pm

Free Program on Ohio’s Dragonflies and Damselflies

We’re welcoming Bob Glotzhober, Curator Emeritus of the Ohio History Connection, to the Wahkeena Nature Preserve for an in-depth exploration on Ohio’s Odonates, more commonly known as dragonflies and damselflies. Whether you’re an amateur naturalist or Odonate expert, you’ll want to attend this session on these fascinating aquatic insects. This educational program runs from 10:00am-3:00pm, so bring a sack lunch and dress for the weather.

What: Ohio’s Dragons & Damsels
Where: Wahkeena Nature Preserve
When: July 12, 10:00am-3:00pm
Note: This program is free, but reservations are required. Call the Wahkeena Nature Preserve at 1-800-297-1883 to reserve your spot.

Free Family Kite-Flying Event at Smeck Historical Park

LANCASTER, OHIO, April 21, 2014—The Fairfield County Historical Parks is getting ready to launch its second annual kite flying event on May 3, 2014, at Smeck Historical Farm, 7395 Basil Road, Baltimore, Ohio. The Smeck Farm Kite Fly-Out will run from 11:00am-4:00pm. Families are encouraged to bring kites to fly (string maximum is 50 feet), and children will be able to make their own at a kite-making station. Local DJ Mike O’Riley will be playing family-friendly music for all participants. Other activities will include:

  • Naturalist-led nature hikes. Visitors will be able to take a leisurely stroll through the park’s trails and explore the beauty of the area’s wildlife with an experienced naturalist.
  • Educational exhibits focusing on flight. Wahkeena Nature Preserve will offer ongoing presentations and educational activities on bird flight and migration.
  • Kid-friendly activities. Additional activities will include a disc golf station sponsored by the Lancaster Disc Golf Alliance, blacksmithing demonstrations from Doug Lockhart and the Makers of Hand-Forged Iron, historical games sponsored by the Ohio Glass Museum, and a craft station hosted by Fairfield County Recycling and Litter Prevention.
  • Food from Buzz Inn—Buzz Out and Bob’s Brats and Burgers will also be available.
    This event is free and open to the public. On-site parking is available. For additional information, contact the Historical Park’s office at 740-681-7249 or at

For additional information, contact Kelly Messerly

Phone: 740-681-7249


Discover Life in a Vernal Pool

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Like spring itself, vernal pools are ephemeral but are teaming with life. Discover what creatures depend on these aquatic habitats during Wahkeena Nature Preserve’s upcoming program Life in a Vernal Pool. Learn about the role vernal pools play in the woodland ecosystem while getting your hands a little wet and muddy. If you attended April’s vernal pool program, this is the perfect opportunity to see how life is changing for the pool’s inhabitants.

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What: Life in a Vernal Pool

Where: Wahkeena Nature Preserve,

2200 Pump Station Road, Sugar Grove, Ohio

When: Saturday, May 17, 10:00am-12:00pm

Explore Central Ohio’s Native Wildflowers at Wahkeena Nature Preserve

Showy OrchisNow that spring has finally taken hold, Ohio’s wildflowers are finally starting to make their presence known. Join the experienced naturalists of the Wahkeena Nature Preserve this Sunday on a guided hike and explore the beauty, folklore and medicinal uses of our native wildflowers. You’ll walk at a leisurely pace and will make frequent stops to admire the violets, trillium, orchids and other native species that abound at the preserve. This educational program will last about 90 minutes and is perfect for people aged 12 and older.


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What: Spring Wildflower Nature Walk

Where: Wahkeena Nature Preserve,

2200 Pump Station Road, Sugar Grove, Ohio

When: Sunday, May 18, 1:00pm